Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We, written in the early 1920s as the new government of the Soviet Union was beginning to show its authoritarian character, is one of the great classics of dystopian fiction. It presents a chilling vision of the future of the Soviet experiment—and presents as well a broader picture of mechanization and conformity coming to dominate modern life as whole.
Kirsten Lodge has newly translated the novel for this edition. In addition to the text itself, she provides an informative introduction and a range of background materials that help set the novel in its historical context.
“This new translation of Zamyatin’s We is very well done. Kirsten Lodge has managed very skilfully to produce a readable version of a novel that is in parts deliberately jerky and elliptical in the original; she has found imaginative solutions to the various tricky problems that the text presents. … The introduction and the contextual materials are also useful; this is an edition that introduces the reader to the artistic and historical context as well as to the text itself.” — Prof. J.A.E. Curtis, University of Oxford